China’s Xi says Wuhan has ‘turned the tide’ against virus epidemic

first_imgBut the measure did not appear to loosen restrictions on Wuhan nor indicate if people could leave the province of 56 million people.State media also reported that the last of Wuhan’s 16 makeshift hospitals that were converted from public buildings during the worst of the outbreak had closed.”The spread of the novel coronavirus disease [COVID-19] has been basically curbed in Hubei province and its capital city Wuhan,” Xi said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.”Initial success has been made in stabilizing the situation and turning the tide in Hubei and Wuhan,” he said. China’s progress against the outbreak stands in stark contrast with the growing global crisis, with cases now growing at a faster pace abroad, and Italy enacting its own nationwide travel restrictions.State media images showed Xi, who arrived by plane in Hubei’s capital, wearing a face mask as he spoke via video-link from a conference hall to frontline medical workers and patients who are at one of two field hospitals set up in the city.He then went to a residential community in Wuhan to speak with people quarantined, and community workers.China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong is usually a daily fixture in state media but he has stayed out of the spotlight for much of the crisis and assigned Premier Li Keqiang to oversee the response to the epidemic.But as the number of new cases has fallen in recent weeks, state media has played up Xi’s role in the fight against the outbreak, releasing a speech last month in which he said he had been giving instructions since early January.Hua Po, an independent Beijing-based political analyst, told AFP the trip’s timing indicated an “interim victory” for China.”His visit is to signal that the outbreak has been effectively curbed, and is an attempt to quieten external criticism of him not going to the frontlines,” said Hao.Authorities have faced rare and fierce criticism online over their handling of the virus, with local officials coming under particular scrutiny for punishing whistleblowers in an apparent attempt to cover up the outbreak in early January.”During the worst of the outbreak, Xi avoided the epicenter because he did not want to be blamed, but when the situation gets better, he shows up in order to receive praise,” said Bruce Lui, a senior lecturer in journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University.  Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that Wuhan has turned the tide against the deadly coronavirus outbreak, as he paid his first visit to the city at the heart of the global epidemic.Xi’s visit came as unprecedented quarantine measures that have sealed off Wuhan and the rest of central Hubei province since late January appear to have paid off, with new infections dropping dramatically in recent weeks.During Xi’s trip, Hubei announced it would ease travel restrictions to allow healthy people in low-risk areas to travel throughout the province. Global cases soar The death of doctor Li Wenliang, who died from the COVID-19 illness in February, sparked a wave of grief and anger online. He was among a group of people who had raised the alarm as early as December.A visit by Vice Premier Sun Chunlan to a Wuhan residential community last week was met with angry public heckling as people reportedly complained that she was being shown a “fake” delivery of food — showing how easily state propaganda efforts could backfire.The virus is believed to have emerged in December at a market that sold wild animals in Wuhan before ballooning into a national and then a global epidemic.More than 4,000 people have died and over 110,000 have been infected worldwide, with the majority in China.But China reported only 17 new cases in Wuhan on Tuesday, the lowest figure since it started publishing data on January 21, and two elsewhere that were imported from abroad.”Xi doesn’t want to be associated with the disaster, but with the recovery,” said Adam Ni, a researcher at the China Policy Centre in Canberra.”China has turned the corner now with COVID-19, and the party now wants to craft the most positive narrative despite early missteps.” Topics :last_img read more

No umbrellas?: Ministry to set bicycle safety rules

first_imgThe regulation would divide bikes into two categories: regular bikes, used for daily mobility, and mountain or racing bikes, used for sport.“Regular bikes, for instance, must be equipped with a bell or horn, a fender, a brake, a reflector and a lamp,” Budi said on Tuesday, as quoted by added that riders should adhere to biking etiquette while riding, such as wearing helmets, wearing reflective clothing at night and obeying traffic regulations.Read also: Transportation Ministry denies rumor about taxing cyclists Authorities plan to provide bicycle parking areas in public places, including at train stations, bus terminals and airports. “We need to create traffic signs, lanes and markings,” Budi said.The draft of the regulation will be discussed in a public hearing at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta as well as in Bandung, West Java, next week.“This regulation is being imposed to create traffic order and ensure the safety of the [bike] riders on the road,” Budi said.The proposed regulation carries several restrictions, including a ban on carrying passengers and on equipping aftermarket parts to accommodate passengers. However, bicycles that were designed with a passenger seat would be exempt in the current version of the regulation.The regulation would prohibit the use of cellphones and umbrellas while riding bikes. Only street vendors would be allowed to use umbrellas while riding.Bicycles would not be allowed to ride alongside other vehicles in the same lane, and a maximum of two bicycles would be permitted to ride alongside each other in a lane.Budi said the regulation was under review and subject to changes according to the input of various parties. (asp)Topics : The Transportation Ministry is drafting a regulation to protect the safety of bicyclists as the activity becomes increasingly popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, said his office had been in touch with cycling communities, particularly those in Jakarta, to discuss the plan, according to draft, Budi added, would consist of three main parts: technical requirements for bicycles, cycling etiquette and supporting facilities.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery sets challenge for Eddie Nketiah after impressive pre-season

first_imgEmery has challenged Nketiah to nail down a starting berth at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emery claimed that Arsenal have resisted the urge splash the cash on big-name players for the benefit of youngsters like Nketiah.‘Last season in small moments when we could give him chances to be on the pitch he did very well. I can confirm his progress and we want this progress with every player,’ Emery added.‘The young energy is very important, especially Eddie Nketiah was playing and progressing very well. The young players who are here, this is the moment for them to show how we can use them to help us in the season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Last year we had [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette and Danny Welbeck. They had space to play. We didn’t sign another striker at the moment because we want to give the chances to Nketiah.‘But every young player, if they deserve to be here we are going to help them.’MORE: Bukayo Saka claims Arsenal’s ‘special’ young players are ready to take on the world after sparkling in pre-season Emery has backed Nketiah to become a regular at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I spoke with him and with the club. He has started with a doubt if it is better for him to stay here with us or leave to play more minutes with another team. But we have examples last year of some players who wanted away and didn’t play all we wanted.‘I said to him first be focused here. If you earn the right to be with us it’s because I can promise you that you are going to have minutes but in those minutes you need to learn. And in the pre-season at the moment he’s playing like we want.‘Each player has the opportunity to show this capacity and above all first is a very good attitude.‘After this is the young players need experience and they need to take minutes and to have confidence playing with us.’ Eddie Nketiah has scored three goals in two matches for Arsenal in pre-season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has challenged Eddie Nketiah to nail down a place in Arsenal’s starting XI after his impressive performances for the club in pre-season.Nketiah, 20, who made nine appearances for Arsenal last term, scored a brace in the side’s 3-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday night to make it three goals from his last two matches.While Bundesliga outfit Augsburg looked set to take Nketiah on loan last January, the Gunners decided it was best for the young striker to continue training with Emery’s first-team.Nketiah is now attracting interest from Championship club Bristol City this summer, but Emery is convinced the England Under-21 international is ready to become a regular at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Last year in December we were thinking to loan him to Germany,’ Emery said following Arsenal’s win over Fiorentina at the International Champions Cup in Charlotte, North Carolina.‘We decided he stays with us to train and progress with us. We started this pre-season with the same idea as we finished last year – stay with us.‘My idea is if you progress like we are seeing from you, you can have a chance here for us. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 2:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Arsenal boss Unai Emery sets challenge for Eddie Nketiah after impressive pre-seasoncenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

EEW SPC sends off first monopile foundations for US waters

first_img“Both Dominion Energy and Ørsted are key developers in the US, and the collaboration on this project demonstrates the determination toward the rapid development of US offshore wind,” Schorge said. The foundations are now being shipped to Virginia for installation later this year. The monopile foundations will support two Siemens Gamesa 6 MW wind turbines installed some 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. Denmark’s Ørsted and the US energy company Dominion Energy are jointly developing the 12 MW CVOW demonstration project. The load-out of the heavy steel structures has recently been completed at EEW SPC’s quay facilities in the port of Rostock, Germany. The structures were loaded onto the Bigroll Beaufort cargo ship. EEW SPC built the two heavy monopile foundations and two transition pieces for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project offshore Virginia. These will be the first monopile foundations ever installed in US Federal waters. At the same time, the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) demonstration project will be the first project in US Federal waters passing the BOEM approval. EEW has now been part of the supply chain for the first two US offshore wind projects, the first being the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm for which EEW delivered the pipes for the jacket foundations.center_img Source: EEW SPC “With our EEW team members in the US and in Germany, we are looking forward to further maturing our relationships with offshore wind developers in the US, with the aim to provide them with locally fabricated monopile foundations.” As a next step, EEW is working to realize monopile manufacturing in the US, starting with Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project. “Even though this project (CVOW) only consists of two monopiles and transition pieces, it has a profound importance for the development of the US offshore wind market as this is the first project that successfully has passed all phases of the BOEM approval. This milestone will pave the way for large-scale commercial projects to follow,” said Christoph Schorge, CEO of the EEW Group. Rostock-based EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH has manufactured and delivered the first monopile foundations to be installed off the United States.last_img read more

MMH opens second Alternate Care Site

first_imgBatesville, IN—MMH has established a second Acute Care Extension Site at the Orthopaedic and Specialty Center located on State Route 129 to continue to improve access to care during this pandemic and further separate MMH’s ill patients from its healthy patients.  This site has been set up to provide care for ill patients, who need to be seen, but for the safety of other patients and staff, should not be seen at the normal practice. Patients may be offered a face-to-face visit with an MMH provider, an MMH nurse-supported telehealth visit with an MMH provider or a telehealth visit directly with an MMH provider from the patient’s home.The Acute Care Extension Site at Batesville Primary School will continue to see patients with COVID-19-like symptoms such as fever and respiratory issues, including coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath. Both Acute Care Extension Sites will help continue Margaret Mary’s efforts to minimize exposure and risk of transmission of viral infections to healthy patients receiving routine care in our provider offices.  A limited number of appointments is available each day at both locations. For an appointment, contact your primary care provider or call 812.933.5556 and they will help set up the appropriate visit type and location for your care.The podiatry practice, formerly located in the Orthopaedic and Specialty Center, has temporarily been moved to the Outpatient and Cancer Center located on Six Pine Ranch Road.  Patients with upcoming appointments have been notified of this transition.last_img read more

Koeman: Schneiderlin is happy here

first_img Press Association The 25-year-old’s performances have seen him linked with a summer move away from St Mary’s Stadium, with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal reported targets, although the club insists he is not for sale. “He is a key player, so it is disappointing,” said Koeman. “It is the ligaments of his left knee and that is a shame because he’s out for the last part of the season.” It has been suggested Schneiderlin wants to secure a summer move to a Champions League club. Koeman added: “He is happy (here), but it is up to the player. “We like to keep everybody but we know sometimes it’s difficult. But there isn’t any serious bid for the player.” Southampton are also keen to tie up defender Nathaniel Clyne on a new long-term deal, the player having been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United. “We are still speaking with Clyney and his agent, but we have to know it in 10 days now. The club is doing and offering the maximum we can do, then we expect the decision of the player,” Koeman said. “I have spoken to Clyney. He is very happy. Maybe there is some interest, I don’t know because nobody has really had a bid for the player, but if I read the press then maybe there is some interest.” Koeman added: “All the players in the Southampton team are happy with how the team are doing but it is football, you never know. “It is all about interest. We do everything to keep everybody in the team but it is difficult.” Asked what would happen if Clyne did not sign a contract extension past the end of the 2015/2016 campaign, Koeman said: “You know in football if you go in the last season of your contract, we don’t like that. I think that is my answer.” Southampton head to relegation-battlers Sunderland on Saturday looking to maintain hope of European qualification, currently in seventh place but only a point behind both Spurs and Liverpool. The Black Cats were thrashed 8-0 at St Mary’s in October. Koeman, though, is not expecting another walk in the park against a team fighting for survival under new head coach Dick Advocaat. “It was the best result (but) it wasn’t the best game in my opinion,” said Koeman, who played under Advocaat when in the Holland national team. “We had an unbelievable help of the players of Sunderland because I think they scored three own goals. “After 2-0 or 3-0 they went mentally down, and we had total confidence and we scored great goals but the game of this Saturday will be totally different. “It will be different for Sunderland because they are fighting and I am watching the programme and they play Arsenal and Chelsea, and they have two home games and they need two wins and that’s a lot of pressure of the club and the players and we have to be aware of that.” Midfielder Dusan Tadic will, though, miss the trip to the north east because of concerns over a groin problem. Koeman said: “We decide now to put him out of the team because he has to recover and be 100 per cent and, if not, he will struggle next season and we don’t want that.” Victor Wanyama will be available again following suspension at the Stadium of Light, so Toby Alderweireld could drop back into defence. Despite the prognosis, Schneiderlin remains determined to play again ahead of Saints’ final match at Manchester City on May 24. He said on Twitter: ” Sad about my injury .. I am not giving up on coming back before the end of the season ! Thanks to everyone for their support !” Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, but manager Ronald Koeman sees no reason to believe he has played his last game for the club. The Frenchman suffered the problem during the 2-2 draw against Tottenham last weekend, with scans revealing the recovery time would sideline him for up to a month. Schneiderlin had played a central role in Saints’ promising campaign, which had earlier seen them up in the Champions League places. last_img read more

CA-ACA MoU compromise falls over

first_imgBy Daniel BrettigAUSTRALIAN cricket’s pay war has taken another turn for the worse after a compromise deal brokered between the two negotiating teams over the past week fell apart.Talks involving the CA chief executive, James Sutherland, and his Australian Cricketers’ Association counterpart, Alistair Nicholson, had made slow progress towards middle ground between two wildly divergent positions – namely CA’s intent to end revenue-sharing and the ACA’s desire to keep it.But ESPNcricinfo understands their tentative proposal has broken down, sending discussions all but back to square one.A CA spokesman strenuously denied that the deal had been rejected by the board’s nine directors, who have been kept abreast of events via regular teleconferences. Sutherland and Nicholson have continued talking.Time is fast running out to avoid major dislocation to the game in Australia. This includes mounting anxiety among both existing and prospective sponsors of CA, including the financial services firm Magellan, which has been in line to sign a deal as backer of the Test team ahead of this summer’s Ashes series but has held off signing on the dotted line due to MoU-related uncertainty.At the same time, CA’s broadcast partners, Channel Nine and the Ten Network, are growing increasingly worried about securing their own advertising deals for the international season and the Twenty20 Big Bash League, respectively.It is believed that Australian cricket’s intricate web of commercial partnerships and related advertising and promotional campaigns will start to come apart should no agreement be reached by August 15.That date is significant, too, due to Australia’s looming Test tour of Bangladesh. Selected players are due to convene in Darwin for a pre-tour camp on August 10 before the squad’s scheduled departure later in the month.There are mixed messages emerging about the likelihood of the Bangladesh tour going ahead. A customary pre-tour security visit involving representatives from both CA and the ACA will be going ahead as scheduled on July 24.However, it is believed the BCB has been informed it should be prepared for the possibility of the tour’s cancellation, much like Cricket South Africa were warned about the Australia A tour that floundered either side of the expiry of the previous MoU.The ACA declined to comment publicly on the state of negotiations on Friday but is believed to be informing players of the fact that discussions may now take considerably longer than previously hoped due to the breakdown. More than 230 players were left out of contract and therefore unemployed when the previous MoU lapsed on July 1.They have now been joined in limbo by Australia’s women’s team, who were knocked out of the World Cup semi-finals by India, in England on Thursday, after signing short-term contracts in order to play out the tournament.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Keffi Ponys, Almat Rule 2016 MTN African Patrons Cup Polo

first_imgAmana Insurers had managed to hold back the rampant Almat warriors ( Ibrahim Musa, Idris Badamasi, Malik Badamasi and their patron, Maurice Ekpenyong) in the early stages, managing a 2 ½ -4 score line at the end of the second chukka of the finalThe closing two chukkas did belong to Almat as Ibrahim, Idirs, Malik and Maurice each scored to close down the battle weary Amana Boys and write their names in gold. They won for themselves the General Hassan title at the first attempt.In the Patrons Cup, Keffi Ponys, who edged out Fifth Chukker at the semifinal stage, defeated Abuja Rubicon 7-4 in the explosive final game to retain the continental title they won last year.Rubicon came into the final as favourites after discarding Kano Lintex during the semifinal stage. But after allowing the defending champions jump to the front with two quick goals in the opening chukka, their chances waned as the game wore on.With a 5-2 lead and two chukkas left to play, Keffi Ponys were firmly in the driving seat. The team fought off a spirited push back by Rubicon who closed the gap with two more goals. Hamisu Buba and Wadada hit back with two goals to clinch an emphatic 7-4 victory and retain their title for another year.Some of the dignitaries that thronged the Fifth Chukker lawns of the magnificent Kangimi Resort, Kaduna, venue of the competition, include; the Argentine Ambassador to Nigeria, Dzugala Gustavo, The District Head of Marafan Shagari, Dzugala Gustavo amongst others.Speaking at the event, the Event & Sponsorship Manager MTN Nigeria, Dola Bamgboye, applauded the sportsmanship displayed during the tournament by all the teams that participated in the sport of kings.He further congratulated all the players for displaying the “can-do” spirit during the tournament, and complimented the winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The prestigious 2016 MTN African Patrons Cup Polo Tournament came to a pulsating end with Keffi Ponys and Abuja Almat winning the African Patrons and General Hassan Kastina Cups respectively.The battle for the General Hassan Cup that pitched two debutants, Abuja Almat and Kaduna Amana Insurance team, was an exciting duel that saw 11 ½ goals in the matchlast_img read more

Atua Wins Peace Anunah Birthday Golf Kitty

first_imgSpeaking at the event, the celebrant, who could not hide his joy, thanked all those who out of their busy scheduled deemed it fit to grace the occasion. While he commended his group for the wonderful display of love shown on him.The highlight of the event was the presentation of valuable gift items to those who distinguished themselves at the tournament while members and guests were fully entertained to assorted refreshment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Dr. Bola Atua has emerged overall winner at the Peace Anunah Birthday Golf Kitty held at the Benin Club Golf Section, (BCGS), GRA, Benin City on Thursday.The former captain of the club against all odds proved his prowess by playing a net score of 75 to win the one day tournament organised by Peace Anunah Golf  Buddies in his honour.Coming second at the tournament was Monday Ikhuregbe with a net score of 78 while Steve Eberetofa placed third with 79 net.last_img read more

Explore USC changes visit policy for minors

first_img“I certainly don’t think the students are lacking or complaining about anything,” Nguyen said. “From every prospective student that I’ve met, they loved it. They loved this school, they loved seeing all of us, and it was all genuine experiences.” Like Vu, Nguyen attended Explore USC as a high school student. This semester’s Explore USC program will be affected by a policy change that prevents minors from staying alone on campus. (Shaylee Navarro/Daily Trojan) Explore USC allows admitted students to encounter the campus with a current USC student and interview for scholarships if they’re admitted during the University’s early application period. This year, students interviewing for scholarships can attend one of five two-day sessions throughout February and March. Simmone Stearn, a senior at San Dieguito High School Academy in Encinitas, CA., will attend Explore USC for a scholarship interview as a prospective architecture student this week. “You can argue that [if] there’s no overnight, the whole experience is ruined, but if you look at it from that perspective, what’s the point?” Nguyen said. “I was with these two greats kids that were really excited … and they didn’t sleep overnight. But we spent four hours in McCarthy, eating dinner in the Village, showing them around all the study lounges, and they loved it.” “[Staying overnight] would definitely give me a better idea of what the dorms are like and as a person who’s going to attend college, residency is a big part of it,” Stearn said. “I can’t say it would influence my choice … even if I didn’t stay in the dorms I think there are ways to find out what the dorms are like.” According to USC’s policies website, minors under the age of 18 cannot be alone on campus or in USC facilities because the environment is not considered appropriate for minors. USC allows minors to stay overnight with friends or family if they have written permission from their guardians. Explore USC held its first session for students interviewing for scholarships last Thursday. High school students in Explore USC who are unable to stay overnight follow the same schedule as other students, but are required to leave at the end of the first day. Freshman Isabelle Vu, who attended Explore USC, is currently hosting high schoolers for the program. She said Explore USC has had a decrease in students staying overnight following the change in policy. Vu said staying overnight was one of the highlights of the program. Explore USC will no longer allow minors to stay with current students on campus. The program, which allows prospective students admitted early as scholarship candidates to visit campus for the selection process, will now require minors to stay with a parent or guardian overnight during the two-day event. High school students in the Explore USC program who are unable to stay overnight can interview for scholarships through Skype or phone, according to the University statement. Skype interviews were offered in the past but students were encouraged to attend Explore USC in person. While scholarship candidates ages 18 and older will be able to stay with a host student during Explore USC, minors must stay with a family member or conduct their interview through a Skype call. The Office of the Provost instituted the policy last summer for all visiting high school-aged students. “In order to comply with USC policy, Explore USC now requires that minors be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian,” wrote USC Admissions, the department that runs Explore USC, in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “This change affects few potential students, who do have the option of participating via Skype.” Tommy Nguyen, a freshman majoring in history and psychology, is also hosting scholarship interviewees for Explore USC this semester. Nguyen said he doesn’t think the new policy will affect students’ experience and college decision. “When I came here last year, staying overnight was one of the quintessential memories that I have of USC and a huge role in why I came here,” Vu said. “It’s really different touring the school and actually staying overnight.” last_img read more